ImageOne of the more popular uses for the Mac minis in our data center is to run a web server. The minis have incredible performance for this service. At one point, I was serving 3.5 million hits per month off of one G4 server. The Intel minis are naturally much better with more RAM allowed.

Mac OS X makes it easier to get a web site up and running. In this video, I show you how to enable the service, where to change web site documents, and how to test that it’s working.

In the video, I mention a few links. I’ll list them here:

DNSMadeEasy.com – a great service for DNS
More Info on Apache

And now a link to the video: Enable the Web Server (option+click to download)

If you have questions or comments on the video, you can send them via twitter (@macminicolo) or using our contact page.

ImageSecure Shell or SSH is a network protocol that allows data to be exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices. It’s used mostly to access Unix or Linux commands, and is a secure way to send text like passwords and other private data.

In this video, we focus on SSH We look at enabling the SSH service, connecting to the server, and we show a couple uses for it. These uses include restarting the Screen Sharing service, and connecting with SFTP.

In the video, I mention a few links. I’ll list them here:

Enable Screen Sharing or ARD Via SSH
Transmit FTP client

And now a link to the video: Enable and Use SSH (option+click to download)

If you have questions or comments on the video, you can send them via twitter (@macminicolo) or using our contact page.

ImageOnce the Mac mini is placed into the data center, Leopard provides a Screen Sharing application that works really well. In this video, we’ll look at connecting with this Screen Sharing app.

This video assumes the Mac mini is setup using the techniques in the Initial Setup video. In that video, we configured the Screen Sharing server. We’ll show where that is located in this video, but you won’t be able to connect if it wasn’t enabled previously.

And now a link to the video: Connect With Screen Sharing (option+click to download)

If you have questions or comments on the video, you can send them via twitter (@macminicolo) or using our contact page.

ImageWhen it comes to running a server, the initial setup is the most boring but the most important. You want to make sure your machine starts up and stays up while it’s doing it’s server duties.

In this video, we’ll work with a brand new Mac mini and get it to a point where it’s ready to start up and starting working with as a server. The majority of the work will be done in the System Preferences.

So, the steps are simple and probably known by most already. But, after setting up hundreds of Mac minis over the years, these are the best settings and tips we’ve found. All the other movies from this point will begin assuming you’ve set up the machine this way.

And now a link to the video: Initial Setup of a Mac Server (option+click to download)

If you have questions or comments on the video, you can send them via twitter (@macminicolo) or using our contact page.

ImageA few years ago, I did a series of video tutorials on how to build a Mac server. These videos focused on OS X included software, free software, or very inexpensive software. We looked at tasks like setting up the server, running a website or multiple websites, running a file server, etc. This series proved to be very popular, ending with a list of 16,000 subscribers. We still receive plenty of emails both asking for further tips, or just thanking us for the videos.

I’ve decided to start a new series covering the same topics and some new ones. The reason is because since the last series was completed, the Mac mini has been updated in both hardware and software. Leopard changes some procedures that were show in the older videos. (which were done on Tiger.) Also, the newest hardware offers some additional options.

While these video tutorials will use a Mac mini as the server, they’ll also be of use to other folks who have extra Mac hardware that they’d like to get setup as a server. The steps in the video will be very simple, and should be sufficient training for even a novice. And since we use included, free, or very inexpensive software, it shouldn’t leave anyone out on price. Each post will include a link list as well.

There are a few ways to get notified when these videos are posted. You can get updates by email, subscribe to the Far Away Mac RSS Feed or follow us on Twitter where we’ll tweet each time a video is posted. If you have questions or comments on the video, you can send them via twitter (@macminicolo) or using our contact page.

I’ll list the videos on this post as they become available:

Initial Setup of the Mac
Connect with Screen Sharing
Enable and use SSH
Enable the Web Server
Multiple IP Addresses on One Mac